Topics and Guests: Feb. 9

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Wednesday, Feb. 9:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (search) on her trip through Europe suggested that France, Germany (search) and Great Britain must push for a tougher stand on Iran — a nation that has long been a perceived enemy to the United States. James Rosen has the details in an interview with Dr. Rice as she neared the end of her first trip as America’s top diplomat.

President Bush said the Medicare prescription drug benefit (search) would cost taxpayers $720 billion over its first full 10 years, offering a glimpse of how the program's price is expected to rise as baby boomers begin retiring. Carl Cameron explains why the cost is rising.

And there’s a chorus of Democratic criticism of President Bush’s Social Security proposals swelling on Capitol Hill as Treasury Secretary Snow and others appeared before committee hearings. Jim Angle has the details.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lobbies NATO (search) allies at a meeting in France this week to chip in more to help train Iraqi security forces. Bret Baier is traveling with the Secretary and has a report.

Plus, Mike Emanuel reports the latest news out of Iraq as the Iraqi election commission (search) is now recounting votes from about 300 ballot boxes, delaying the announcement of the final results of landmark elections.

And Brit talks with FOX News correspondent Major Garrett about his new book, “The Enduring Revolution” that examines the impact today of the Contract with America (search) and the 1994 midterm elections.

We'll also talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for National Public Radio

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— Guests and topics are subject to change